Among many other things, I blame Target and Costco for my decision to ditch disposables and go cloth. As much as I love the convenience of those stores, it seems to be a law of nature that I always spend more than I intend to, and adding a baby to the mix magnified the problem. Funny how such a tiny little human quadrupled my spending, and he doesn’t even lift a finger around the house!
After his arrival a year and a half ago, my husband and I found ourselves heading out to the store twice as often and rarely spending under $100 each time no matter how few items were on our shopping list. The biggest culprit? Disposable diapers.
It was like throwing money in the garbage… money that didn’t even contain those explosive breastfed poops very well.
After 5 months of this, I did what I had repeatedly told friends and family I’d never do and started seriously contemplating cloth diapers.
It wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to get my husband on board with the switch. I really had to make a case for it—one which was primarily focused on the savings aspect. Eventually, the long-term cost comparison, the resale value, and the promise that I would be in charge of diaper laundry won him over. The upfront expense, however, was still a concern. I told him I would try my best to build our stash to be simple and affordable, and this led us to start out with the time-tested basics: covers and prefolds.
Cotton Babies happened to be having a huge sale on their Flip System, so we were able to get off to a great start with 24 prefolds, 2 Snappis, and 7 Flip covers all for just over $100. Score!
Since then we’ve added several other styles to our stash, but these covers and prefolds have been our bread and butter for the last year. It was a fluke that I ended up with this style, but I’m so glad I did. Of all the other reputable covers I was considering, the Flip system just happened to have the best deal at the time, but now that I’ve had over a year to try several brands, I love my Flips the best.
So what makes Flip diaper covers different?
I’ve tried several brands over the last year or so, and though I don’t have any serious complaints about any of them, there are a few things I definitely prefer about my Flips.
The contour flaps at the top and bottom do a great job holding any kind of insert in place. No slipping around or bunching up as can sometimes be the case with regular covers. They stand the toddler test!
They come in snap or hook & loop closure. I have both, but the hook & loop definitely gives a more custom fit on my little <3% featherweight. He’s always been at the very bottom of the charts—if he’s even on there at all—and the Flip covers have fit him perfectly since we started cloth on him at 5 months.
Overall, they’re pretty trim, but there is enough excess fabric to double stuff them for night time or if you have a heavy wetter. They have 3 rows of rise snaps and claim to fit babies 8 to 35 lbs. After a year of use, we still have room to grow and will very likely still be using these when he’s ready to potty train.
Though we stick to prefolds for the most part, the Flip system offers three of their own insert options: Stay Dry, organic, and disposable.
How have my Flip covers held up?
The PUL: A teeny bit wrinkly on a few of them but still in good shape with no leaking issues.
The hook & loop: It’s as sticky as ever but does show minor pilling around the edges.
Elastics: They are all in great shape and shouldn’t need replacing anytime soon.
The fabric: We’ve had some minor staining near the leg elastics on occasion, but an afternoon of sunning takes care of it.
It would be a lie to say they look like new, but I am very impressed with how little wear and tear they’ve accumulated. I’m happy to say these covers should last for years (and babies!) to come.
I wish I could tell you the official resale value of my Flip covers so you’d have an idea of how much expense can be recouped for these in excellent used condition, but my son is still a ways off from potty training, and it looks like we’ll be starting the cloth diapering adventure all over again with our BABY GIRL due in January!
Flip diaper covers are available at Diaper Junction for $14.95 apiece.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I have no relationship with Cotton Babies or its retailers, and I did not receive any compensation financially or in kind. I bought these diapers with my own money. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ. This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a small commission if you purchase through my link, at no additional cost to you.
Samantha Levang is a contributor at This West Coast Mommy, specializing in cloth diaper and baby item reviews. She lives with her husband and one-year-old son in Washington state, and they look forward to welcoming a baby girl into the family this January. Between changing diapers and Braxton Hicks contractions, she enjoys landscape photography and the never-ending process of home decorating.